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>> on "america tonight": raising the stakes, the white house vows brutal punishment for the fighters of the islamic state. >> they should know we will follow them to the gates of hell. until they are brought to justice. >> you about how far will the president go to avenge the deaths of americans? at the hands of the fighters seeking greater control from their strong holds in iraq, and syria. also tonight. pregnant addicts face their devastating drug habits and the long arm of the law. >> why single out women and
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pregnant women in particular? >> what you're forgetting is the consequences. ultimately, that woman has the choice the baby never had. >> and in department report from correspondent sheila macvicar. savoring babies from drug addiction even before they're born. >> and where is relisha rudd? a child taken from a homeless shelter only foot tip footstepse nation's capital and did washington, d.c. do everything it could to protect a little girl lost? >> and good evening, thanks for joining us. i'm joie chen. add this hour there's -- at this hours there's increasing sign that president obama is ready to take a tougher line against the
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vishous shadowy -- vicious shad ohy islamic state. not only in iraq but syria where the militant fighters have found sanctuary. the pentagon has announced another 350 military personnel are being sent to baghdad. president obama says he will use a nato meeting in wales to press the allies to mount a campaign against the i.s. and just hours after the video of steven sotloff is genuine. >> whatever these murderers think they can achieve by killing innocent americans like steven they have already failed. they failed because like people around the world, americans are repulsed by their bar barrism, we will not be intimidated, their horrific acts only unite us as a country and stiffen our resolve to take fight against
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the terrorists. >> the president signaling a firmer stand against the islamic state, just days after he said his administration didn't have a plan to deal with i.s. and its syrian stronghold. he spoke to reporters on the way to a nato summit as he faces increasing pressure to lay out a plan and purpose for a broader u.s. military strategy. >> our objective is clear. and that is to degrade and destroy i.s.i.l. so it's no longer a threat not just to iraq but also the region, and to the united states. >> while the president cautiously measures the options on how far u.s. forces will go to contain i.s. his vice president delivered a more impassioned warning. >> we will follow them to the gates of hell until they are brought to justice because hell is where they will resize! >> either -- reside! >> either way the white house seems to be sending an answer to
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the video posted over the last two weeks. the first one posted the murder of james foley. the second, after u.s. air strikes appeared to be gaining ground and pushing i.s. back from key targets in northern iraq was titled a second message to america. that video also features a masked i.s. figure, apparently the same man killing foley, this time murdering steven sotloff, sotloff was forced to say he was paying the price. the recording also suggested a british hostage could be next to die. britain's foreign minister said, he wasn't ruling the option out. the islamic state is believed to have been holding at least one british journalist and two american aid workers as well.
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the 31-year-old sotloff was abducted in syria nearly two years ago. he wrote for "time" magazine and other publications. he leaves a grieve family. >> today we grieve, but our village is strong. we will not allow our enemies to hold us hostage with the sole weapon they possess, fear. >> josh rushing joins us from erbil in iraq in northern iraq josh we are hearing the president and the vice president delivering very strong language about its response to the islamic state. how do you see that played out? what is the u.s. activity there? >> what that strong language means on the ground here and we really are yet to know, they're sending more troops but they've said that those troops are just for diplomatic protection. they've also used strong
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language about degrading and destroying the islamic state. you don't do that with troops that are here to protect the consulate. so i don't think the number of troops that they sent which will put up to about 820 in country are necessarily related to destroying and degrading the islamic state. i think easiest way for the u.s. to do that at this point would be to up the number of air strikes right now. they're approaching 200 air strikes since they started here and the air strikes are making a difference on the ground. i know it's authored a political debate in the u.s., can you win a war with only air power but i think if you apply that to iraq it's a mistaken idea because you have boots on the ground here. you have hundreds of thousands of fighters ton ground. and the air -- on the ground and the air strikes are exactly what they need to tip the scales. if you look at what the islamic state has done recently with the
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beheading videos and the things we have heard about these things are not advancements. they are not taking more land, more towns and villages, in fact they are losing land. the momentum goes back to when the u.s. started those air strikes. >> josh what else can you tell us about the reports we're hearing about a massacre by islamic state forces in tikrit? >> it happened six or eight years ago when the islamic state took tikrit. they killed as we are learning hundreds of cadets, persons going through army training. they have not been released to the families nor have the families gotten the details of their deaths or what happened. so it's a very emotional issue here in iraq and there have been demonstrations from the families in baghdad, wanting more information and wanting the bodies so that they can bury them.
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>> from al jazeera's fault lines program correspondent josh rushing, from erbil, thanks so much. >> thank you joie. >> and to consider the power and reach of i.s, al jazeera contractorror lindsay moran. they wanted to limit i.s.'s reach so they wouldn't be able to reach in the region and even to america. is it true that i.s. could have the reach, the force to come into the united states? >> i think it's a grave concern now. there has been some talk about are there i.s. sleeper sells in the united states. i kind of balk when i hear that term because i think it overstates the danger and kind of oversimplifies it. conjures this ie image of jihadt communities in the united states. i don't think we're there yet.
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but it is the goal of the islamic state, to distinguish themselves from al qaeda which since 9/11 has not been able to carry out a major strike in the united states. >> and the significance of releasing these sorts of videos that are very directed at the united states, americans being murdered on-screen. this sort of symbolism it is a direct statement to the united states. >> it is. it is a threat to the united states. and you know, bizarrely and shockingly, those kind of images and the sophisticated online video campaign that i.s. is propagating, that appeals to some people. i think though that there's -- there is a limit to what you can achieve via social media. in terms of getting recruits. i.s. is going to be targeting people with western passports, that they think would be susceptible to their targeting. the same way that when i was at the cia i would target foreign
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assets. i would look for people who had access, in this case i.s. will look for americans or westerners who have the u.s. or western passport broad, who might be susceptible to their recruitment propaganda. they'll spot those people assess them determine what their vulnerabilities are what their motivations are. it might always be ideology. it might be something as simple as money. this is a very well funded group. they will go about that recruitment process in trying to recruit foreigners into their ranks and that's sort of the scary element of it that's the real danger. but at this point we are talking about thousands of foreign fighters for the islamic state but only about 100 americans that are known to us. it's harder for americans to get to syria. i think it's going to be much harder for the islamic state to recruit americans. they're not going to be able to do it just via social media.
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you really need the face to face one on one contact building rapport in order to get someone to come over to your organization. >> but it is tremendously sophisticated. they think the way the cia thinks. >> that's is way any organization that's trying to recruit essentially traitors. that's what they want to do. they want to figure out what motivates this person, how can we make this person come to work for us? one thing that i think is frightening is that i think within the united states, you know, there's a huge pool of potential recruits within prisons, disenfrashed veterans who might -- franchised veterans who may have felt forsaken by the veterans organizations or these people that the islamic state will try to target and try orecruit. people who have whether it be financial motivation or some reason to hate their country. >> rational or irrational.
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>> rational or irrational, right. >> lindsay moran, al jazeera contributor former cia operative, thanks for your insight. thank you. >> the enemy is the ebola virus, authorities are calling this the largest and most complicated outbreak since the disease was identified. reveling in dr. kent brantly and nancy writebol another u.s. missionary has tested positive. the fourth to be infected is dr. rick sacra, ob-gyn, who contracted the virus while working in west africa. the situation is worsening in nigeria. 200 are monitored for ebola.
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60 have had very high risk exposure. the w.h.o. says that 40% of the ebola cases have occurred in the past 21 days alone and warned if that number of infected continues to accelerate the outbreak can only get worse. british aid worker william pooley is now walking on his own, less than a month ago he became infected. >> i was very lucky in several ways. firstly, in the type of care i received which is a world apart from what people are receiving in west africa despite a lot of organizations' best efforts. >> but those best efforts have not been enough to save many more. months after the outbreak of the worst ebola outbreak in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it. >> in west africa, cases an death continue to surge.
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riots are breaking out. isolation centers are overwhelmed. health workers on the front lines are becoming infected and are dying in shocking numbers. others have fled in fear leaving people without care for even the most common illnesses. entire health system have crumbled. >> as one crisis spins off, another. quawrn teens have led to food -- quarantines have led to foot shortages. this man escaped only to be chased into an open market. the number of cases have risen so rapidly there's increasing concern that the infection is spiraling past the ability to get it under control. >> there is a window of opportunity to tamp this down. but that window is closing. we need action now, to scale up the response. we know how to stop ebola. the challenge is to scale it up to the massive levels needed to
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stop this outbreak. >> there just aren't enough medical resources, safety equipment and most critically trained medical workers to help. the w.h.o. estimates at least $600 million is needed to fight the current outbreak, a steep cost for struggling nations in west africa. >> the provision of care to its people is the primary duty of government. but we also must understand you know these countries came out of years of war and internal conflict. the health systems, they were totally virtually destroyed. >> at the epicenter of the outbreak in liberia, sierra leone and guinea, there are less than 1 doctor per 1,000 people. health care workers join the fight on the ground in west
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africa. >> in my view it's every country in the world needs to be thinking what can we do to help. because if we don't get on top of this outbreak, as a global community, then this could affect all of us. in unexpected ways. it's not somebody else's problem. it's our collective problem. >> we're joined again this evening by dr. william shafner an expert in diseases at the vanderbilt medical center. appreciate you being with us. what we're hearing is language that is really stepping up. mr. freedon at the cdc using the word epidemic. are we really seeing a change? are things reaching a more critical point even than we've seen in the past few months? >> i think that's right joie. we haven't gotten our arms around an epidemic and it is an
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epidemic, we will see more cases before the world community can organize supplies and resources so we can provide the clinical care that's necessary as well as the public health response which will curtail the spread of ebola. >> have you seen anything like this before? >> i've not seen anything like this before. now defined as although an outbreak in the western part of africa, it's a worldwide problem. and countries all around the world are being called upon to provide resources and expertise, because it's one small globe. and we all need to work on this problem. >> you know, you say that, that the world is being called on to help here. but what they're talking about is perhaps hundreds of infectious disease experts and thousands of medical trained medical workers to come in and actually help on the ground. is this realistic? can we really put an expectation on the world to be able to deliver the kind of help that
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would be needed apparently to contain this? >> well, we'll see. the call is out. and it won't happen all at once. this will be people coming in, over time, for a period of time, then being relieved by compatriots who come in from another country to help out. but we need to get that clinical care established because if the clinical care isn't there, the patients remain at home, the family takes care of them, and then they get infected and the epidemic rolls on. so first we have to get the patients out of the home into good hospitals where we can provide reasonable care and then the public health people have to get all the contacts, follow them up, provide surveillance on them, and then, only then, will the chain of transmission start to be broken. >> but dr. chef realistically do you see the world paying attention, when the w.h.o. says, we need 600 million to fight
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this epidemic, do you see the world coalescing to prevent this from spreading further? >> i'm an optimist, i have high hopes, actually the money might be the easiest part. it's the human beings that will be harder to recruit and to get in, and to get them functioning. >> and have it all happen soon enough. to keep the epidemic from growing further. infectious disease expert dr. william shafner, from vanderbilt, appreciate you being with us. >> always a pleasure. up ahead,. >> why is threatening these women with jail time the right thing? >> it holds women responsible for their conduct and hope it deterse future behavior. women have had the opportunity to avail themselves of drug
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treatment programs and they have not. >> tennessee takes a novel approach to save babies from being born into addiction. why criminal charges against pregnant drug abusers. later in the program, a different take on the islamic state. the fight against i.s. is it seen as a growing power? or powered by a bunch of buffoons? >> forces their message... >> they're actually firing canisters of gas... >> a fractured community demands answers >> what do we want? >> justice! >> when do we want it? >> now! >> faul lines, al jazeera america's hard hitting... >> there blocking the door... >> ground breaking... >> truth seeking... >> we have to get out of here... award winning investigative documentary series... special episode ferguson: city under siege only on al jazeera america
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>> it's not a crime to have a
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drug addiction, unless you're a pregnant woman in tennessee. women who use drug during
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pregnancy can be prosecuted, against their unborn babies, a charge that can land them in jail for 15 years. dorks who say it -- doctors who say it may do more harm than good. "america tonight's" sheila macvicar with more on this controversial law. >> i've been on both sides of this. i've been the pregnant addict and the daughter of an addict. >> shannon knows the addiction. she's spotted every day for more than 15 years since she was a young girl. >> a normal night for me when i was 15 years old, my mother standing up while she's asleep, because she's on methadone, her boyfriend locked in the bedroom, smoking crack, and me looking like i'm 20 years old with main
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and high heels. >> almost inevitably she said she became an addict. opiates, alcohol and heroin, too. >> the miracle would have been to not end up that way. it was like my breath, i couldn't breathe without it. it was my very existence. >> shannon has been clean and sober for three years. she works full time and cares for her three lively girls. but she has struggled hard, and one of those struggles, after the birth of her eldest daughter, shannon relapsed and found out she was pregnant again. >> i was terrified, i knew what was going to happen, i knew what kind of fight i had against me the next nine months. >> why could you not simply stop doing drugs? >> the withdrawal symptoms were so intensive, there was no way to work, to be a mom, to get out of bad. my body wouldn't function.
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>> shannon's doctor wrote her a prescription for more opiates. >> he said you can't stop. the side effects would be so harsh you could miscarry. i was frightened about social services, what could happen to her if she was born addicted. >> thank you for mom, thank you for daddy. >> shannon's daughter was born healthy and drug free. but if shannon did the same thing today using opiates under a doctor's orders in tennessee she could land in prison. as of july 1st, women can be jailed with charges as severe as aggravated assault against their own babies. for using drugs during pregnancy. addicts often give birth to newborns dependent on drugs,
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nas, and tennessee leads the nation of. >> they have this high pitch scream going on for days. >> barry stovis is a district attorney in tennessee's sullivan county. 30% of the babies born here last year, 30%, tested positive for drugs. stovis is a big supporter of the new law. >> a lot of attention is on the plight of the mother. what about the plight of the babies? >> why is threatening these women with prison, jail time, the right thing? >> it holds women responsible for their conduct and we hope that it deterse future behavior. women have had -- deters future behavior . >> pregnant women who were using
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drugs, but tennessee legislators were alarmed by the number of babies born with nas. the new law is the first in the nation to specifically target pregnant women for drug use. they can avoid jail by getting treatment. so this is the women's unit, right? this is where the ladies will stay for the next 90 days. >> jesjessica lyons medication s unit. it's a three month intensive rehab program that focuses on getting women clean and sober before their babies are born and helping them stay that way. >> what kind of shape are these women in when they come to you? >> desperate. most of the women come are pretty desperate because there's limited space. i get a lot of phone calls, miss jessica can you get me in can
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you get me in. >> katherine and chris tal haste two of the six beds. >> i was trying to get help and nobody would help me because i was pregnant. they said insurance factors, risk, liabilities. stuff like this. i was like how can you not help this child inside of me, you know. >> we're seen as a liability. we're seen as an issue that they can't handle. and i feel that that's heartbreaking. >> do you know that when you call up treatment centers, treatment programs one of the questions that you are asked is, are you pregnant or could you be pregnant? and in almost every center in this state, that -- a positive answer to that question will screen you out of the program. they will not take you, if you're pregnant. >> let me put it this way. there's pleants of other programs and -- plenty of other programs and when i go through
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our child investigative programs, we will find a program to put these women in. >> if there are programs many women haven't found a way to access them. according to the department of services, only 120 women in the entire state received addiction treatment last year. the handful of clinics that accept pregnant women require them to go through detox first. and for women on opiates, going cold turkey can harm the baby or cause miscarriage. >> do you know about the law that was passed in tennessee? >> yes, it criminalizes motors whmothers who have a substance abuse problem. it offers no opportunity to get better. >> state legislators made clear they have little regard for the difficulties women who are addicts and pregnant face. here is state representative terry weaver as she introduced
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this legislation. >> these ladies are the worst of the worst, they are not thinking about prenatal care. fen i want to emphasize what they are thinking about. that's just money for the next high. >> they're not using a medical tool or strategy osolve what absolutely is a medical problem. >> dr. ron bailey is a psychiatrist in charge of addiction treatment at meharie medical college. along with a dozen other medical associations he warns that the new law will discourage women for seeking treatment for fear of doing jail time. >> it can have a significant effect to decrease the interest and the willingness of future patients who may have a problem to go to seek clinical treatment. >> so they become afraid. >> you're afraid that your doctor or clinician is going to be a law enforcement arm. >> what i'm hearing already is some of the women are hearing that they are not even going to go to the doctor because they ar frayed that the doctor -- they
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are afraid that the doctor will report them. >> they are not going to seek million care. >> they are saying that. >> when that person shows up law enforcement directs them to us rather than other way around. >> after more than a decade of heavy marijuana use katherine hayes is a veteran of more than one treatment program. >> you're not sitting here like i'm getting sober i'm getting a clean drug test, you're productive learning life skills. learning to cope in the world. i've never felt that in other programs. >> random drug test and life lessons. >> has there ever been another portion of your life where you've felt inferior? >> you go to bed on time and get up in time and model what the process is like. we all need a routine and some degree of structure in our lives. we get people very often who don't come up with that
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structure. >> medical communities defines addiction as a chronic brain disorder not a behavioral problem. in tennessee, state lawmakers and law officers rejects that view. >> -- reject that view. >> people say addiction is an illness, a different kind of illness let's put it that way. if i have cancer i can't get rid of it. people who are alcoholics keep drinking, big part of it is recognizing it and getting help to prevent it. >> why single women in particular? >> this is an effort to get women into programs and alleviate the problem and bring the numbers down. that woman has a choice the baby never had. >> it takes more than just making a decision. there were many, many many times that i used and i didn't want to. >> shannon is now working with addiction specialists trying to start a treatment center called mothers mosaic. working with other women that face the same battle she fought
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with addiction. that battle may be harder as the penalty these women face becomes more harsh and the help they need is so hard to get. sheila macvicar, al jazeera, nashville, tennessee. >> following up on sheila's story, "america tonight" has found that at least three women have been charged in tennessee under the new law. ahead in our next segment, a dark moment on a suburban detroit street. >> somewhere along the life, i will never forgot the pain the heartache or the devastation you caused my family. >> now the man who gunned down a young woman looking for help, faces his sentence. a little girl lost, six months after a homeless girl spears from a washington, d.c -- disappears from a washington,
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d.c. homeless shelter, the city looks at whether it did everything it could to protect relisha rudd.
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>> and now a snapshot of stories make headlines on "america tonight." ahead of a nato summit, france announces its suspending shipment of war ships to russia.
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meantime, russian president vladimir putin, reveals a plan, stop artillery strikes and withdraw from the region. that will be taken up on friday. cvs stores across the united states have stopped selling tobacco. one month ahead of time. the move is part of the company's effort to rebrand itself and to capitalize on the growing health care industry. organizers of the new york city st. patrick's day, have lgbt, past several decades. this decision also comes as mayor bill deblasio once again threatened to boycott the parade himself. a man learned his fate in a detroit courtroom.
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>> for the second degree murder conviction i'm going to sentence you to 15 to 30 years for the statutory manslaughter, seven to 30 years .1. >> 35 year old wafer will spend at least 25 years for the murder of ranisha mcbride. wafer testified he was terrified and shot her only in defense. then her sister spoke of her grove and pain. >> from my fear i caused the loss of a life. that was too young to leave this world. that for now, carry that guilt in sorrow forever. >> somewhere down the line in life i have to forgive you in order to be accepted into heaven
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myself but i will never forget the pain, the hurt, the heartache or the devastation you caused my family. >> the judge who does say she believed wafer was remorseful called it one of the saddest cases she has ever presided over. six months after a little washington, d.c. girl disappeared from a homeless center, the city could not have done anything differently it says to have prevent her kidnapping. eight-year-old relisha rudd is still missing, community members are not giving up hope that the little girl will be found alive. "americ"america tonight's" lorie gliha follows up on the story. >> it actually hurts. i don't feel she is deceased. whoever has her, asking her to come back and know that she's okay. >> for shannon smith, the start of this year in washington, d.c. doesn't feel quite right.
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one smiling face from the cheer leading team she used to coach is missing, little relisha rudd. >> this is the start of the school year. what does it feel for you that one is not here? >> it's very sad. it's a sad moment. we had a book bag give away and i did keep one for her. hopefully she'll be able to come back and grab her book bag and say it's mine. she was always so enthusiastic. >> smith used to greet relisha rudd at the furby school every morning when she attended here until it closed. >> you could see the sadness until the top step where she could see us. come on relisha let's go. we would get her in the building we would do her hair we would change her clothes we would need her, she would hug each and every one of us saying thank you. i don't think she really knew how much we really cared about
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her but she knew coming the school was one of her biggest and brightest things for her days. >> when relisha disappeared in march, she had been living in the d.c. homeless shelter with her mother her brothers and her mother's boyfriend. a janitor at the school khalil tatum had walked off with her, he is is also the suspect of the murder of his own wife. >> it's a hurt. the city felt her, period, child and family service health her. anyone at the time shelter that was an adult knew what was going on felt her. everybody did. >> somehow relisha rudd fell through cracks. prompting an investigation with
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the multiple service agencies that had contact with her family. along with one independent monitor and they determined that there was no evidence that these tragic events were preventible and no justifiable deposit action that could have helped. the people who reviewed relisha's case for washington, d.c. have called for changes within the various government agencies by making 26 recommendations aimed at stopping future tragedies. among them making sure shelter employees do not form personal relationships with residents in the way khalil tatum did with relisha and her family. that was already against policy. they required other rules, that shelters providers investigate and track the reports. reviewers also recommended increase being the number of on site case managers to help families get consistent support finding employment and housing. and establishing new protocol to ensure all job applicants that
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have contact with children are screened using the child protective registry list a confidential database of people known to have abused or injured children. >> i didn't birth her but i knew her and grew to love her just like a mother. >> in shannon smith's eyes the changes must be greater than the 26 recommendations throughout the city. changes have to happen all over the community at every level to make sure no child goes missing and that relisha rudd comes home. >> "america tonight's" lori jane gliha is here,. >> she's been missing since march, it's been months since we saw police out in the field actively searching but police are sticking with the line that this is an open investigation that they're actively pursuing it. we don't know if she's alive or in the state. i can tell you the people close
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to her and whom i've speak to, they have a strong feeling relisha was the victim of trafficking. that she is still alive and it's up in the air where she is. >> no indication of where she is. what happens to the recommendations that are being made, is there action that is this being taken? >> there are recommendations, more than i address in the piece. to improve reporting absences in school to improve documentation and communication. on this panel there was one person who was independent from the government and she said she's now asked the deputy mayors that were on that panel to come up with a recommendation and a time line for that. she's going to ask for a time line and to hold the district accountable for implementing these recommendations because they are just that, they are recommendations. >> and does anybody in the community react to that, any sort of comments from the
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community about -- >> yeah, there have been -- there has been some action too. i will tell you, there are some people from the shelter that have done some things. they have added some social workers and developing a better procedure for calculating where the families are when they check in tonight. th this group called play time project a program for homeless children they find it hard to believe that something couldn't have been done more to prevent this. this has definitel definitely rp people in the community. ultimately the safety of children lies with the parent ultimately so there's kind of talk on both sides to see what needs to be done in the future. >> "america tonight's" lori jane gliha, thanks. tomorrow on our program flash point ferguson and why it sparked a new wave activism.
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correspondent sarah hoye wonders will the protest last or fade with the next crisis. that's tomorrow on "america tonight." next, the fight against the islamic state led by laughter. a coalition of fighters, leads the i.s. fighters but in the internet world they may be brought down by mockery.
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>> coming up on "consider this," mixed messages from the white house on islamic state bring criticism from both parties. a message of is thanks from an american aid worker who survived ebola as another worker contracts it. a man and his brother get exonerated after three decades in prison. when we see you at the top of the hour.
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>> back now on the story that began our hour: the growing threat of the so-called islamic state. i.s. may be gaining recruits quickly but it also faces fierce online is satire. asmat khan reports. >> these are the images the islamic state wants to world to see. a sophisticated unstoppable force amassing funds and followers as it sweeps across syria and iraq. but on television screens across the arab world, a very different image is playing out. on iraqi tv it is one of bum bling unskilled recruits that accidentally fire at their own comrades. lazy and incompetent fighters unable to even keep their pants
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up. on palestinian television, one parody depicts i.s. fighters who fail to comprehend the most basic of are commands, the islamic scholar couldn't answer. and on a popular lebanese comedy show i.s. supporters are portrayed as hypocrites, practicing an impossible form of islam. chastising the use of cell phones. conveniently ignoring their modern use of cabs. he got kicked out. satire is deeply rooted in arab culture. using ridicule as a weapon these shows offer a fierce critique of the i.s. claim that it
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represents true islam. it is part of a growing cultures war being waged across the middle east. mocking the group's legitimacy. from what movies i.s. would adapt to sarcastic questions about its leadership. i.s. tru is also trying to counr the videos, fresh produce lining the markets and theft on the decline. another profiles an office of consumer protection as it intends to safeguard civilians from fraud. as the information wars rage on opponents of i.s. have one clear advantage: unlike i.s. videos their clips are less likely to be taken down from youtube. and they're getting people to laugh. even when things seem dark. >> asmat khan our digital producer joins us. tell us more about this asmat,
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it's surprising to see this type of humor in the arab world. >> it's deeply rooted, critique had to be in the form of cartoons and comedy and cloaked in these different ways so a lot of comedy shows have really eplernlgemerged as a format for criticism. there are popular shows not even modeled after jon stewart but what we would liken to that. in parts of the arab world in which it's common to see the news deconstructed in this way and i.s. has played a big role in that. >> that's really interesting. the other thing that strikes me is not all of this stuff is funny stuff. >> that's true. what we have also seen and this happened on saturday in lebanon. three men decided to start a campaign modeled over the ice bucket challenge in which they would burn the flag. the hashtag they started with,
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burn i.s.i.s. flag challenge, has already gotten 500 tweets. the arab hashtag burn it has gotten more. there is religious text on that flag, there is no god you about god, mohamed is his proved, this is on that flag as people burn them others are criticizing this is an insult to not i.s. but to islam. people who burn the flag should be tried it's come out and it's not necessarily so funny. >> "america tonight's" digital producer asmat khan thanks so much. venice italy is known as a city of canals but the picturesque city is finding it hard to stay a float, financially anyway. how much would you be willing to pay to play in venice if only just for a day?
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>> finally tonight, it's the height of the tourist season. more than 100,000 visitors descent on the city of venice each day but ever since a corruption scandal created waves in the city, it's been having a difficult time staying above water financially. but just to visit the city, a tax has been floatabout. >> there's no doubt venice is pretty, no doubt it's pricey too. unless do you it on a budget. good for visitors who come for the day, bad for businesses though who are not happy with the day-trippers. >> translator: it's becoming possible to walk around anywhere. these people eat sleep they urinate in the strike three
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everywhere. you shouldn't be allowed into venice without knowing the rules. to stay here even just for one day. >> reporter: the answer: charge day visitors for entry. pay as you come not pay as you go. $40 a day, controversial, yes, enforceable, maybe. it's only an idea suggested by a minister but it's a hit with venetians. >> this ancient city is full of crumbling buildings, buildings tourists come to see but cost a fortune to fix and maintain. this place is engulfed a massive corruption scandal. money has allegedly gone missing. finding those all important funds it is the visitors who will pay the price. >> ticket to control venice can control the number of visitors but creates problems if we
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consider venice as a city. so we need to have a live city, and not to reach to have a disneyland for venice. >> venice already has a charge for tourists, that came in three years ago, about $8 a night for those who stay over. venice prefers the word, cultural donation to tax. but is another charge a step too far? >> it won't come back. it will be my last visit. >> i think it's not physically possible to stop tourists from coming in. >> we couldn't get anybody to talk to us at the mayor's office. the corruption scandal, appears that no one is around especially when tv cameras are nearby. venice has long been nicknamed a theme park for adults and they may have to pay for ride.
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phil lavell, al jazeera, venice. >> cultural donations you might like that term in washington. that's it for "america tonight." please remember tomorrow, we'll look into the shooting death of michael brown, ferguson, missouri, sparked a sense of activism. if it's just rage or can the movement evoke real or lasting change? sarah hoye has the story. if you would like to comment on any of the stories you've seen this evening you can log on to our website, aljazeera.com/americatonight. join the conversation at twitter or our facebook page. we'll have more of "america tonight," tomorrow. >> hundreds of days in detention.
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